Combined Degree Program: B.S.E. in Computer Engineering and M.S. in Computer Information Systems

Qualified undergraduates may be admitted to a combined bachelor’s/master’s program and obtain both a B.S.E. in computer engineering and an M.S. in computer information systems within an accelerated time frame. Students admitted to this program will dual count up to 12 credits of graduate work in satisfaction of the requirements for both the undergraduate and graduate degree. After completing 120 credits and all requirements for the bachelor’s degree, students are awarded a bachelor’s degree. A minimum of 21 graduate credits must be completed after the 120 credits of the bachelor’s degree. All other master’s degree requirements must be met, including a graduate capstone.

Application Procedure

Students will normally apply directly to the School of Computing and Information Systems for the combined B.S.E./M.S. program during their second academic year. Application requirements include:

  • Overall GPA of 3.25 or greater
  • Student must have been admitted to the Computer Science program
  • 60 hours of academic credit have been completed or are in progress
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Academic transcripts (unofficial transcripts are allowable)
  • Letter of intent

Admission decisions will be made by the School admissions committee based on the student’s previous academic success in CE, as indicated by GPA and grades in the foundation CE courses, as well as potential success in the graduate program, as indicated by the letters of recommendation, and the student’s letter of intent. Decisions will normally be communicated to students within four weeks of submitting a complete application to the combined degree program.

Requirements During Undergraduate Studies

All university requirements, including general education courses, must be completed before the final (graduate) year of the combined B.S.E./M.S. program. In the final undergraduate year, students will normally take 9 credits of graduate-level courses. If any courses are dual-listed, students in the combined B.S.E./M.S. program must complete all assignments expected of graduate students and they will be evaluated in the same way as graduate students.

  • Students will be considered undergraduates for tuition, academic requirements and financial aid purposes until all requirements for the undergraduate degree are completed. Following this they will be considered graduate students, will pay graduate tuition, and will be eligible for graduate financial aid.
  • The School has identified the following courses that students may dual-count toward the B.S.E. and M.S. degrees. Up to 12 credits can be dual counted. Students are strongly encouraged to work with the Graduate Program Director in CIS to ensure all undergraduate and graduate requirements are met.
    • CIS 611 in lieu of CIS 350
    • CIS 672 in lieu of CIS 451
    • CIS 656 in lieu of CIS 452
    • CIS 654 in lieu of CIS 457
    • CIS 693 in lieu of EGR 485/486

Requirements During Graduate Studies

A student shall be considered a graduate student for all purposes upon either of the following events: the award of a baccalaureate degree, or the completion of 120 credit hours.

Graduation Without Completion of the Program

If a student decides at some point to pursue only the undergraduate portion of the combined degree, the School will still recognize the graduate courses taken in lieu of undergraduate courses. Credit from the undergraduate degree cannot be used toward a graduate degree at a later date.

Please note that awarding of the B.S.E. in computer engineering requires a capstone course, either EGR 485 and 486, or CIS 693, or both CIS 690 and 695. Awarding of the M.S. in computer information systems requires a graduate capstone course: CIS 693, or both CIS 690 and 695.

Sample Curriculum Sequence

This sample order of coursework assumes that students will complete the CE core and general education courses with the help of their advisor and apply for undergraduate admission at the end of the winter semester of their second year. The following course sequence also assumes a strong mathematics background for the entering student. If mathematics deficiencies exist, completing the mathematics prerequisites should be the student’s top priority.

NB: This is only one of many possible sequences of courses. Students are strongly encouraged to work with the Graduate Program Director in CIS to ensure all undergraduate and graduate requirements are met, and to customize the combined program to their areas of interest.

NB: The sequence below makes no attempt to minimize credit load. For example, the sequence assumes that all general education courses are distinct, and no “double dipping” is done.

First Year (no change from CE sample curriculum – 31 credits)

  • MTH 201 - Calculus I Credits: 4
  • WRT 150 Strategies in Writing Credits: 4
  • EGR 106 Introduction to Engineering Design Credits: 3
  • CHM 115 Chemistry I Credits: 4
  • MTH 202 Calculus II Credits: 4
  • PHY 230 Physics I Credits: 5
  • EGR 107 Introduction to Engineering Design II Credits: 3
  • STA 220 Engineering Statistics Credits: 3
  • EGR 220 Engineering Statistics Lab Credits: 1

Second Year (no change from CE sample curriculum – 46-47 credits)

  • MTH 203 Calculus III Credits: 4
  • PHY 234/1 Physics II Credits: 4/5
  • EGR 226 Introduction to Digital Systems Credits: 4
  • CIS 162 Computer Science I Credits: 4
  • EGR 289 Engineering Co-op Preparation Credits: 1
  • EGR 302 Linear Algebra and Differential Equations Credits: 4
  • EGR 223 Probability and Signal Analysis Credits: 3
  • CIS 163 Computer Science II Credits: 4
  • EGR 214 Circuit Analysis I Credits 4
  • EGR 290 Engineering Co-op I Credits 3
  • Generation Education SBS course Credits: 3

Third Year (33 undergraduate credits, 3 graduate credits = 36 credits)

  • EGR 314 Circuit Analysis II Credits: 4
  • EGR 315 Electrical Circuits I Credits: 4
  • EGR 326 Embedded Systems Design Credits: 4
  • General Education WP course Credits: 3
  • EGR 390 Engineering Co-op II Credits: 3
  • General Education Issue course Credits: 3
  • CIS 611 Introduction to Software Engineering (core) Credits: 3
  • CIS 361 Systems Programming Credits: 3
  • CIS 263 Data Structures and Algorithms Credits: 3
  • ECO 210/211 Micro/Macro Economics Credits: 3
  • General education Arts course Credits: 3

Fourth Year (21-22 undergraduate credits, 6 graduate credits = 27-28 credits)

  • EGR 490 Engineering Co-op III Credits: 3
  • General Education Issue course Credits: 3
  • CIS 452 Operating Systems Credits: 3
  • CIS 654 Computer Networks (core/concentration) Credits: 3
  • CE Elective Credits: 3/4
  • General Education Philosophy and Literature course Credits: 3
  • CIS 672 Computer Architecture (elective) Credits: 3
  • General Education LS course Credits: 3
  • General Education History course Credits: 3

Fifth Year (24 graduate credits)

  • CIS 673 Databases (core) Credits: 3
  • CIS 656 Distributed Systems (concentration) Credits: 3
  • CIS 658 Web Architectures (concentration) Credits: 3
  • CIS 693 Master’s Project (capstone) Credits: 3
  • Graduate electives Credits: 12